enigmatic's Reviews ( 4 Stars )

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  • El Cafe Latino (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Wonderful dance experience. Friendly staff and environment. I really really enjoyed being able to actually dance on the dance floor. Plenty of people but not too crowded and definitely a place to work up a sweat. Lively and entertaining with a good international crowd. The cover is a bit steep, but if you consider that it is for an entire evening of entertainment, it really isn't too bad.
  • Ageha (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Odaiba)
  • 2009/01/04
  • Ageha, or Butterfly, is definitely just that - a great place to fly all night long. From multiple dance floors to colorful light displays to big-name DJs like Junior Vasquez, DJ Dan, and DJ Tiesto it's a great place to stay all night long, dance til dawn, and watch the sun rise over the bay. Taking the bus from Shibuya is the absolute best method of getting there...unless you have a car of your own.
  • Club Pure (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pure...what is there to say besides ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK. Maybe you didn't hear me...ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK! What kind of club offers this? What club can afford to offer this? Who cares! I got my booty-shakin' on and if you know somebody who knows somebody, VIP is pretty chill. The thing about VIPs, though, is they pay for their drinks. Have fun with that.
    If you're a foreigner looking for a one-night stand, happy hunting. Most girls who go here go to get picked up...don't be afraid to close a deal or seem lecherous.
  • Club Atom (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Three wonderful floors of entertainment. From hip-hop on top to psytrance down below and nothing but house music all night long on the ground floor, this place is amazing. It is a club that caters to booty-shaking in all its glorious forms. And with enough room to dance, bounce, grind, and drink all night long, it absolutely has one-up on other clubs in Shibuya. Bartenders speak English, and you get one free drink at the door. Cover is 3,000 yen. Aaaand, for your convenience, it is located in the center of the love hotel district and is right next to a convenience store. Absolutely foreigner-friendly, as long as you don't act like a bunch of jerks who just left Gaspanic.
  • Womb (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • For everything from private events to headlining DJs from around the world to local talent, this is the place to go. Although it is sometimes so tightly packed that breathing can be a struggle, they do a great job of making it feel like it's underground. If you can last until first train and the club closing, you can become one of the few who get a discount by signing up for the Womb VIP club. Oh, and be prepared to be sshhhhhh'd if you have to wait outside the building to get in. People who live in the neighborhood have complained about the noise of the clubs so much that you'll feel like you're lining up for a school assembly. Drink prices are average, but cover is a bit pricey (around 5,000 yen).
  • Tokyu Hands: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • A great department store with a little bit of everything, Tokyu Hands is a great place to start looking for anything you might need if you don't know where to get it. It is particularly good for DIYers, but has an extensive selection of items for home decor and furnishings, traditional Japanese collectibles and gifts for friends back home, and a fantastic "seasonal" section for Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations. The only thing to remember about Tokyu Hands in Shibuya is that, like all stores in Shibuya, it is extremely crowded, particularly when compared to other locations in the same chain. Also, the split-leveling of the store makes it less friendly for navigating (the floors are offset from each other by half flights of stairs...so there's 2A, 2B, and 2C, with 2A and 2C on the same level, 2B offset by half a floor). Awkward layout aside, is really is a great store.
  • Muse (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/17
  • They should call this club "Maze" or at least give you a map on your way in. If it's already getting late in the night and you've had a couple of drinks, this is definitely THE spot. Whether you want to dance, play pool or airhockey, sing karaoke, or relax in a lounge and play some darts, this labyrinthine club will meet your needs. Four different bar areas with just as many different types of music make it suitable for a variety of tastes. Good pockets of seclusion for those...ahem, naughty moments as well.
  • Baskin Robbins: Azabu (Ice Cream / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/11
  • Thirty one flavors, and there is nothing wrong with that. Especially since, like the other branches of this chain in Tokyo, there are two or three flavors that change every month, there really is nothing to not love. If it weren't for the small store size and the long lines always found at these stores, I'd probably go every day. So...I just get a hand-packed pint to go and stop by once a week. The staff does their absolute best to be fast (and they do a pretty good job, too). Especially considering it's the type of place that attracts a LOT of children crashing from their last sugar high.
  • Kua'Aina : Aoyama (American / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2008/11/11
  • All hail the burger shop with the delicious imported bottles of beer. And not just any import...oh, no...it is one of the best microbrews to ever come out of the States. Combine that with beer-battered onion rings, tasty fries, and some of the best hamburgers to grace your tastebuds in a long time and you've found yourself a new favorite. But it doesn't stop at burgers and the typical side dishes. They've also got sandwiches of all descriptions (from swordfish to turkey to roast beef) and shrimp that don't have to be cleaned of legs at the table. Aloha, hunger!
  • ==Close== Rolling Stone Cafe (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • What a great place. Whether you're hosting an event or looking for a quiet place in Roppongi, it's definitely a good stopover. It has a large patio area, decent food, and a great atmosphere. The bar is very well stocked, and the whole place can be rented out for special events, or you can just host a small group if you make a reservation. The staff is friendly and speedy.
  • Legato (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Gorgeous view looking over Shibuya from the height of 15 floors. Lunch is amazing, and by far the best deal. The salad bar consists of a gourmet tuna macaroni salad with almonds, shallots, and raisins; a potato salad with salmon; and your choice of apple, shallot, or vinaigrette dressings. Lunch meals change daily. Staff is very friendly and courteous. The interior of the restaurant warm and inviting, but slightly reminiscent of what you might expect if you were inside a Christmas ornament. Definitely a must-eat.
  • Zest Cantina (American / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/10
  • The absolute best place for a pitcher of beer and a basket of hot wings in town. You can order the wings by the bucket and specify your preferred level of spicy, all served with creamy caesar dressing for dipping. The other tex-mex items on the menu don't disappoint, either. A good place for the family, the service is good and the large restaurant is far from full if you go early in the evening. The size of the dining room makes it possible to accommodate large groups with a reservation.
  • Frames: Daikanyama (Cafes / Daikanyama)
  • 2008/11/10
  • I have never enjoyed broccoli as much as I did at this cafe with a retro lounge-style atmosphere. It was, by far, the most melt-in-your-mouth garlic infused delectable veggie I've ever had. If Mom had made them like this, she never would've had to tell you to each your vegetables. Broccoli aside, the staff is pleasant, but the popularity of this cafe means they are stretched a little thin. Definitely worth the walk up the hill, the view is wonderful, if you can get a seat by the window.
  • Beacon (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Another amazing restaurant from the same people who own and operate T.Y. Harbor, this gem, although a little difficult to find if you walk from a station, is worth the trip. The wine cellar is enormous, likely the second or third largest in Tokyo. The staff is very accommodating and bilingual. They have really wonderful event space and can, with a reservation, provide a private dining room for groups. The entree and side dishes are all ordered independently of one another, and like the menu at the other restaurants owned by this company, is always changing. The food is fusion, but with a slightly more American feel, all created by the chef trained in San Francisco. And if you just can't live without your T.Y. Harbor beer, they serve that, too.
  • Cicada (Mediterranean / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Owned and operated by the same company that owns T.Y, Harbor, Cicada is a delightful dining experience. While lunch can be done on a budget, dinner is a little more pricey, but worth the expense. Frequented by Tokyo's financial elite and serious recruiters, it has a great wine selection and delectable desserts. Service is top-notch and staff is bilingual. With a rotating menu, it is always a refreshing option.
  • Aux Bacchanales: Akasaka (French / Yotsuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Excellent French bakery, and unlike its counterpart in Roppongi, the staff is very pleasant. The quiche is to die for, the baguettes are baked fresh every three hours, and the pastries are mouth-watering. It is very busy during lunch hours, so be prepared. But the views from the patio are gorgeous, especially in spring. A hangout for many Italian designers doing business in Tokyo.
  • T.Y. Harbor Brewery (American / Shinagawa)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Elegant interior with a beautiful view of Shinagawa and the water outside. A gourmet dining experience with the comfort of a casual atmosphere. There is a full bar area, completely separate from the dining room, with a view of the open kitchen. All the beer is brewed on site, and the beer sampler they offer is by far the best way to choose which of their tasty brews will best accompany your chosen meal. Large groups can be accommodated if you make reservations far enough in advance (2-3 weeks minimum). Thursday through Sunday will most likely require reservations, but to be safe you should always make one. This place is fabulous and popular. The menu regularly changes, so it's always worth a repeat visit. A taxi from the train station is a must.
  • Chinese Cafe Eight: Roppongi (Chinese / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/09
  • One of three locations around the city, this one is characterized by sculptures of genitalia. They're all over the walls, so if you want a place to take Grandma for lunch, make sure it's your Grandma with a rockin' sense of humor.
    Authentic Chinese menu and employees - most of them speak little English or Japanese. But the food is good, particularly the Peking duck. It tastes just as good as the same dish served in small family restaurants just outside the forbidden city. Open 24 hours and serving dim sum for 100 yen a plate, its perfect for a budget meal after drinking away all your cash in Roppongi night clubs. It's also a great place to take a large group as long as it isn't Friday or Saturday night. Large group reservations do NOT require a set course menu. But keep in mind that it is a popular place and family style seating is often used - you could end up sharing a large table with perfect strangers. The whole restaurant is a smoking section. Beer service is super-speedy, but the staff isn't overly friendly.
  • West Park Cafe: Tokyo (American / Tokyo Station)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Not a very large location, but the service was good and the food was excellent. Very California-esque as far as the menu is concerned - a fusion of Japanese and western components with a touch of Mexican seasonings (spice and salsa). If you can get a seat by the window, you'll be treated to a nice view of Tokyo station. A great alternative to Kua'aina Burgers, their neighbor in the Marunouchi Building.
  • Outback: Shibuya (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/09
  • A tucked-away location but worth the walk from the station. The interior of the restaurant is far classier than the chain's American locations and has the feel of a classy winery restaurant. While they do have an impressive wine collection, the feature that pushes this restaurant from good to very good is certainly the size of the beers. The mugs approach a liter in size, making you wonder if forgoing a meal in favor of another brew is a good idea. But don't totally abandon the menu - it's delicious. The steaks are fabulous, the never-ending warm bread with honey butter is nearly divine and highly addictive, the chicken is as good as the steak, and there are even vegetarian options. English speaking friendly staff makes it a welcome stop after struggling to be understood in yet another ramen shop.
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